Components of a Balanchine Class

Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

in Balanchine the Teacher

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032528
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046310 | DOI:
Components of a Balanchine Class

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This chapter describes the components of a Balanchine class. Balanchine's classes are the exploration of specific elements, allowing his dancers to experience exactly how each step is to be done. His classes take you back to the beginning of how a tendu or a relevé should be done, how it will feel and look, and how it should be approached, done slowly or quickly. How do we begin or execute a step so that the audience will be led to perceive the movement as Balanchine designed it to be seen? His classes were explorations in the coloring and texture of the most basic movements in ballet.

Keywords: dance class; ballet; George Balanchine

Chapter.  493 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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